Eagles' former practice squad players take down the Giants

Eagles' former practice squad players take down the Giants

Long after the waves of reporters had finally stopped asking him questions, Boston Scott put on his backpack and began to walk out of the Eagles locker room.

One more thing to do.

Before he made his way to the door, he stopped and gave Greg Ward a giant hug.

See, the two of them had been waiting for this moment for a long time. Scott and Ward are close. They even live in the same apartment complex and often carpool to the NovaCare Complex.

“We always talk about our opportunity coming and making the most of it,” Scott said. “I would say I was down a lot more than he was. His mindset is just contagious. Just the way he approaches every single day, I have a lot of respect for him. Seeing him be successful, man, I love seeing that. That’s my guy.”

Both came up huge on Monday night in the Eagles’ 23-17 overtime win over the Giants.

Including tight end Josh Perkins, the Eagles got big contributions from three former practice squad players on Monday night. Scott, Ward and Perkins combined for 199 yards from scrimmage. The Giants finished with just 255.

And two months ago, none of the three were on the Eagles’ active roster.

Scott was called up on Oct. 11, Ward on Nov. 23 and Perkins on Nov. 30.

“It really means a lot,” Ward said. “Because me, Boston and Perk, we always talk, especially about these moments. I don’t know, man, it’s just a whole different feeling with us three. We’ve been talking about this for a long time. We’re just very blessed and thankful.”

Scott, 24, deserved his shine after his performance on Monday. He had 59 rushing yards on 10 attempts and added 69 receiving yards on six catches. He had some juice.

Ward, 24, had four catches for 34 yards.

And Perkins, 26, had five catches for 37 yards. Perkins had a big 13-yard catch during the overtime drive. Perkins had to line up all over the field too. After the Eagles were down a receiver early, Perkins lined up outside, in the slot and in-line.

Perkins said a game like that can do wonders for his confidence.

“It does a lot,” he said. “Being on the practice squad at the beginning of the year kind of hurt me. I was in a bad place in the beginning. I had to get myself out of it and continue to work.”

Being on the practice squad can be a tough role. You’re a part of the team but you’re not. You practice but you can’t play. You get paid but nearly as much.

Being on the practice squad is all about waiting. And it can be tough to be patient.

“I know the nature of the NFL,” Scott said. ”You never know when your opportunity might come, so why worry about you not getting it right now? You’re in a bad mood and you’re negative and your opportunity comes and you mess it up.”

That didn’t happen on Monday night. Scott got his opportunity and he seized it. Heck, so did Ward and Perkins. And the Eagles got a big win because of it.

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2020 Super Bowl ad shows Carli Lloyd, a field goal and a strong message

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2020 Super Bowl ad shows Carli Lloyd, a field goal and a strong message

Remember way back at the start of the NFL season when Carli Lloyd hit a field goal attempt after an Eagles practice?

If you don't, you can watch here as a refresher.

Well, she makes her return to the field in this Super Bowl commercial for Secret Deodorant alongside Crystal Dunn ... and it is powerful.

Often times, Super Bowl commercials are light-hearted and comedic … but there are also times where they hit a home run in relaying a message that has to be said. This is one of those times.

In a brief moment in the opening frames you can catch a glimpse of the current scoreboard for the game  — where you can see the kicker’s team is down by just a single point with 3 seconds to go in the fourth quarter. It’s now or never.

It wasn’t until after their team won the game, where they took their helmets off to celebrate, revealing their true selves. Powerful women.

The crowd went silent at first, initially in shock, but cheers quickly fill the air.

As the commercial winds down, ‘Let’s kick inequality’ appears on the screen.

Also found in the description of the video on their YouTube page, is this:

More than two-thirds of girls believe that society doesn’t encourage women to play sports so we are setting out to change this notion by spotlighting fierce female athletes  — specifically two major women’s soccer players  — in ‘The Secret Kicker,’ which is aimed at defying conventional expectations and championing equal opportunities for women.

Well done, Secret Deodorant, well done.

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Super Bowl LIV: 10 things you never knew about Andy Reid

Super Bowl LIV: 10 things you never knew about Andy Reid

Everybody knows Andy Reid was in the Punt, Pass and Kick competition on Monday Night Football as a kid.

Everybody knows Big Red is the seventh coach to lead two different teams to the Super Bowl.

Everybody knows Reid has coached the most games in NFL history without a championship.

But there’s a lot about Big Red you probably never knew.

Such as … 

Going door to door: In 1986, Andy Reid, Brad Childress and Tom Melvin were all assistant coaches under Larry Kentera at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. NAU wasn’t a high-powered football program back then, and one of the responsibilities of the assistant coaches was to go door-to-door in the community trying to raise money. The coaches went out in pairs, and one year, Reid and Childress were assigned some of the tiny Native American villages located north of Flagstaff and just south of the Grand Canyon. Reid and Childress found themselves knocking on the doors of tiny Indian Pueblos asking for donations from people who had no idea what football was. Thirteen years later, Reid, Childress and Melvin were all coaching with the Eagles.  

95 percent chance: After he was fired by the Eagles following the 2012 season, Reid was quickly linked with the Arizona Cardinals' head coaching job. The Cards had just fired Romeo Crennel after one year, and Reid was such a strong candidate for the Cards job that Adam Schefter, who is NEVER wrong, tweeted that a source told him there was a 95 percent chance Reid would wind up coaching the Cards. Reid had interviews scheduled with the Chiefs and Cards, but he never made it to Phoenix. The Chiefs interviewed him at Philadelphia Airport and hired him on the spot, before he could catch his flight to Arizona. 

“Get your peanuts here:” As a kid growing up in Los Angeles, Reid worked as a peanut vendor at Dodger Stadium.

Secret visits: During the summer of 2009, when beloved defensive coordinator Jim Johnson was battling cancer, Reid quietly and with nobody knowing left training camp nearly every night after practice, film study and meetings and drove from Lehigh to Philadelphia to visit Jim in the hospital.  

Serving at love: Reid met his wife of 38 years, Tammy, in a Fundamentals of Tennis class when they were students at Brigham Young in 1980.

A chance meeting: Reid coached at San Francisco State from 1983 through 1985, and at the same time world-renowned activist Angela Davis taught ethnic studies at the same university. As it turned out, Reid’s office and Davis’s office were not only in the same building but along the same hallway, and the two often had long conversations at the water fountain. About what? We can only imagine. 

“Touchdown Nelly!”: Reid’s youth basketball coach was Pete Arbogast, who is now the offiical radio play-by-play voice of USC basketball and football. Yup, the guy who called all those Nelson Agholor TD catches was Andy Reid’s youth basketball coach.

Together since 1983: When Reid first arrived at San Francisco State as offensive line coach in 1983, one of his players was Tom Melvin. Reid was 25 and Melvin was 23. Today, 37 years later, the two are still together. They first worked together in 1984 and 1985 at San Francisco State then for one year at Northern Arizona. From 1991 through 1998, Melvin was offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Occidental College in Los Angeles and Reid was on Mike Holmgren's Packers staff. When Reid was hired by the Eagles in 1999, he brought in Melvin as a quality control coach and then promoted him to tight ends in 2002. He’s served as Reid’s tight ends coach all seven years in K.C. as well. So the two have spent 29 of the last 37 years together.

Grease is the word: Reid attended Marshall High in Los Angeles, the same school that produced Leonardo DiCaprio, Lance Ito, Heidi Fless and Julia “Catwoman” Newmar and where the interior scenes for the movie Grease were filmed.

They signed who???: Reid was named head coach of the Eagles on Jan. 11, 1999. The first three players the Eagles signed after that were Charles Johnson, Torrance Small and Doug Pederson.

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